Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Coal Chamber - Rivals

I'm a bit too young to have been into nu-metal the first time around, so I'll be honest, this is the first time I've ever really listened to Coal Chamber. I'm realizing that, while it's not totally my cup of tea I see how it informs a lot of modern metal and their new record Rivals is a surprisingly fun, bouncy and oftentimes punishing release that shows me the power that this kind of music can have. From the chaotic noises of I.O.U. Nothing it becomes immediately clear that Coal Chamber want your head and are back to find blood.

The fact of the matter is that Rivals while not especially challenging is a joy to listen too. It's easy to get into these infectious grooves, at times I might even go so far as to compare the tracks off Rivals to some of the more chipper Lamb of God stuff. Every song is expertly composed and there is a vibrant sense of professionalism to the sonic assault on Rivals. One of my favorite aspects of the record, forgive my geekiness, is the drum sound, it really drives the album home and adds a lot of flavor to the music. Precise and oh-so-tasty Coal Chamber manifest their rhythmic assault to beat you in the gut with every crunching chord.

This is an easy record to get in to, and I could definitely see myself jamming it a lot in the future. In a world where so much is bleak and filled with torment Rivals speaks to balancing the two. While the lyrical content tends to be pretty dark, there is a sense of fun in the bands music, it gives you a chance to look beyond the general shittiness of modern life and guides you towards a sublime sense of peace. Maybe I'm over-romanticizing what is essentially a nu metal comeback record, but I feel that there is a sense of hope guiding this band over the top.

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